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Dong Zhang, Jun Cheng, Yangwei Jiang, Xiaohui Wen and Linxi Zhang Orientation transition of nanorods induced by polymer brushes Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics 51

Article first published online: 4 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/polb.23224

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The spatial orientations and conformational transitions of nanorods (NRs) within semiflexible polymer brushes are explored via coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations. The NRs experience a conformation transition from dispersion to aggregation when the attractive strength between the NRs and the semiflexible polymer brushes strengthens, and the clusters of NRs undergo an orientation transition from vertical direction to horizontal direction with increasing the number of NRs as well as decreasing the grafting density.

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